Discovery is the privilege of the child: the child who has no fear of being once again wrong, of looking like an idiot, of not being serious, of not doing things like everyone else.-Alexander Grothendieck

It matters little who first arrives at an idea, rather what matters is how far an idea can go.-Sophie Germain

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.-Sofia Kovalevskya

Bring forward what is true. Write it so that it is clear. Defend it to your last breath.-Ludwig Boltzmann

…there is what I shall term Radical Indeterminacy, a condition caused by a proliferation of ‘equilibrium solutions’. While Nash proved the existence of at least one equilibrium for each conceivable interaction, the number of such equilibria tends to explode, the more interesting the interaction under study. Thus, Game Theory loses explanatory power, as almost any outcome can be depicted as the outcome of rational play; but a theory that rationalizes everything explains, in the end, very little.-Yanis Varoufakis

Where did we get that (equation) from? Nowhere. It is not possible to derive it from anything you know. It came out of the mind of Schrödinger. -Richard Feynman

What scientists try to do essentially is to select a certain domain, a certain aspect, or a certain detail, and see if that takes its appropriate place in a general scheme which has form and coherence; and, if not, to seek further information which would help them do that.-Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.-Richard Feynman

Nothing of what is visible, apart from light and color, can be perceived by pure sensation, but only by discernment, inference, and recognition, in addition to sensation.-Alhazen

There are two very different sorts of challenges that I see for AI–first, our systems are pathetic compared to biological systems…and secondly, moderately good performance from some approaches has sociologically led to winner-take-all trends in research.-Rodney Brooks

The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations.-Albert Einstein

McCarthy has given a couple of reasons for using the term “artificial intelligence.” The first was to distinguish the subject matter proposed for the Dartmouth workshop from that of a prior volume of solicited papers, titled Automata Studies, co-edited by McCarthy and Shannon, which largely concerned the esoteric and rather narrow mathematical subject called “automata theory.” The second, according to McCarthy was “to escape association with ‘cybernetics.’ Its concentration on analog feedback seemed misguided, and I wished to avoid having either to accept Norbert Wiener as a guru or having to argue with him.”-Nils Nilsson, The Quest for Artificial Intelligence